The flag of England (St George's Cross)
Saint George has been the patron saint of England since the 14th Century. The life of Saint George is shrouded in legend. It is believed that he was born of noble, Christian parents. He held an important post in the Roman army until the persecutions of Christians caused him to put aside his office. For his trouble he was thrown into prison and tortured. He would not recant his faith however and was eventually killed for his beliefs.
One of the most well known legends about St. George concerns the famous dragon. According to legend, a pagan town was being terrorised by a dragon. The locals kept throwing sheep to it to placate it, but it remained unsatisfied. They started sacrificing some of the citizenry. Finally the local princess was to be thrown also to the beast, but Good Saint George came along, slaughtered the dragon and rescued the fair princess. At this the townsfolk converted to Christianity.